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One GMO Success We Missed On Election Day

One GMO Success We Missed On Election Day

Written by Matt McDermott

One very interesting ballot initiative we missed: Examiner reports San Juan County, Washington passed Initiative Measure No. 2012-4, making it illegal to “propagate, cultivate, raise or grow plants, animals and other organisms which have been genetically modified.”

Exceptions are allowed for GMO cultivation for research and health care use. The initiative does not prohibit the sale of products containing GMO ingredients, nor require labeling of those products made with them.

Violating the order results in a fine for first offense, increasing to a gross misdemeanor charge on the third offense.

For those not up on their Washington State geography, San Juan County consists of several islands in the Salish Sea, roughly equidistant between the city of Bellingham to the northeast and the Canadian city of Victoria to the southwest.

In the past year several US states began efforts to mandate labeling on GMO products, all failed. Vermont and Connecticut attempted to put forth legislation requiring labeling, but both backed off on threat of lawsuit from Monsanto. California ballot initiative Prop 37 would’ve required labeling of GMO products, but failed, after a well-funded and misleading campaign launched by the biotech industry.

Nevertheless, recent surveys have shown that roughly 90% of Americans want GMO products labeled.

When India’s GMO labeling law comes into effect at the start of 2013, the US and Canada will be the only two major nations in the world that do not require products containing genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such.

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.

 

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8:59AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Sorry, read the sentence wrong. I thought it somehow said only th US and Canada were still growing, cultivating, etc. GMO's.

8:55AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

"...US and Canada will be the only two major nations in the world..."

So What are Brazil, China, Argentina and Australia? Chopped liver ?

6:17AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thank you TreeHugger, for Sharing this!

3:50PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

The best way to get nothing done is for people to look away! I choose not to look away! I should have a right to know if the food I am eating has been Genetically Modified or not! I Don't want to eat this crap and yet I have no choice???

12:38PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

GMO should be not only regulated but also strictly controlled

10:38AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

n.n

8:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Lets put more comments! Lets lift the GMO labeling stories up into the people's consciousness!

3:18AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Thanks.

3:06AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Unfortunately,the Australian government is fiercely resisting proper labelling of GMO's in food,even though the vast majority of people want it!Why,because Australia is just the lackey of the USA and its giant agribusiness corporations thanks to the heinous free trade agreement signed with the USA by the conservative Howard Government.In fact,the present Labour Federal Government is now pushing an unpopular National Food Plan onto the people,and it includes pushing GM crops and food.Disgraceful pro GM propaganda is being sent out from Melbourne University,and funded by the federal government.Australia has sold its soul and it has no national sovereignty left.

11:42PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Election has come and gone, let it go - stop crying over spilled milk! We still are fighting and will continur to ..and WE can do it!

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